Mentoring Network

Are you a first or second year Kansas Music Educator? If so, the KMEA Mentoring Network is here to provide you with opportunities to…

  • CONNECT with experienced mentors and fellow beginning music educators
  • ENGAGE in professional learning through mentoring events and online discussions
  • ENJOY SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT from a community of professionals who are committed to your success.

Register your email
If you would like to receive monthly emails from the KMEA Mentoring Network (and you aren’t already receiving them) please fill out our contact form. Once you have registered, The KMEA Mentoring Minute will be delivered to your inbox and the mentoring team will be in touch.

The KMEA Summer Mentoring Summit is designed to help first and second year teachers and student teachers prepare for the 2021-22 school year by connecting them with mentors in their content area, providing them with “just in time” information, and giving them some activities to help them make connections with their students during the first weeks of school. Registration is free. The Zoom link and password will be emailed to registrants the week before the event. If you do not receive the link, send us an email.

Register for Mentoring Summit

Mentoring Calendar 2021-22

Contact Mentoring team for Zoom links.

Summer Mentoring Summit
August 14, 2021, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, via Zoom
Register for Mentoring Summit

Fall District Mentoring Meetings for Beginning Music Educators

  • Northwest District: August TBD, via Zoom and October 17, 3:00 PM, Phillipsburg Huck Boyd Center
  • North Central District: August 25, 2021, 5:00 PM, Manhattan HS, Downbeat Meeting
  • Northeast District: September 13, 2021, 5:30 PM. Lawrence HS, before Fall Dinner and Business Meeting 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • East Central District: September 7, 2021, 5:30 PM. Gardner Edgerton HS, before Fall Dinner and Business Meeting 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Southwest District: New Teacher Fall Kick-off, August 29, 2021. 2:00 – 4:00 PM, via Zoom
  • South Central District: August 28, 2021. 10:00 AM, Newton HS
  • Southeast District: Summer Kick-Off, August 21, 2021, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Mentoring Hangouts – via Zoom

  • Saturday, August 28, 2021, 10:30-11:30 AM
  • Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:30-11:30 AM
  • Saturday, January 29, 2022, 10:30-11:30 AM
  • Saturday, March 26, 2022, 10:30-11:30 AM

Mentoring Conference
October 23, 2021 – 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Conference Information

Have a question or need help? Contact your District or State Mentoring Chairs.
NWKMEA: Bill Schick mentoring[at]
NCKMEA: Jamie Rogers mentoring[at]
NEKMEA: Anne Neal mentoring[at]
ECKMEA: Jason Sickel mentoring[at]
SWKMEA: Shara Bane mentoring[at]
SCKMEA: Gretchen Bixler and Ron Chronister mentoring[at]
SEKMEA: Mary Jo Harper mentoring[at]
State Co-Chairs: Janelle Brower, Holly Taylor and Lynn Unruh mentoring[at]

New Teacher Handbook
Be sure to check out the New Teacher Handbook, a helpful resource designed for both first and second year teachers and experienced teachers who are new to Kansas.

Are you an experienced teacher who is new to Kansas?
Welcome!! While the KMEA State and District websites are a great resource to help you learn how things work in Kansas, sometimes it helps to talk through the details with an experienced colleague. Contact mentoring[at] to ask questions or to get connected with job-alike colleagues in your area.